What do smartphones and the BMW i8 have in common? Glass. Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, that is. The i8 will be the first production car to use the chemically hardened material, which is more durable, lighter and provides more sound deadening than conventional laminated automotive glass. We thought it would be a natural replacement for windshields, but, according to Autoweek, BMW said it will be used for the rear window for sound deadening purposes. The Gorilla Glass will still be laminated, with two 0.7mm thick layers of it sandwiching an acoustic sheet, reports Autoevolution.

BMW reportedly claims the i8 will weigh less than 3,285 pounds, and to offset the heavy hybrid powertrain to reach that goal the automaker has implemented lightweight materials normally not found in mass-production automobiles. With a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque used for both the (relatively) pedestrian i3 and the upscale i8, it's not surprising BMW was also the first to jump onto Gorilla Glass, especially given the timing of a report that a high-end automaker would introduce it within the year.

Be sure to check out our First Drive review of the i8 to see if BMW's newest sports car is living up to the hype.


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      BustedProf
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if it's used only on the back windscreen because of a more intense refractivity when gorilla glass is bent to the amount of curvature seen on a cabin. Rear glass is usually fairly flat, so it shouldn't be as much an issue. Bend regular glass too much and you'll see some severe warping pretty quickly
        upx42
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BustedProf
        My guess is that small rocks flying into the GG windshield can still damage it -- and it'll be seriously expensive to replace (& maybe a good repair is impossible or expensive as well). All of my windshields (current and past) have some (or many) small chips in it. Usually none on my rear windows.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a great development. It seems like the perfect material to use to make those futuristic car designs, like BMW's for the i3, that have glass in the doors (NOT windows) and one piece windshield/roof/backlight designs. Maybe it could work for using glass as an interior design element, a surface treatment. I'd rather have slabs of glass than carbon fiber or wood. I bet it's epensive.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      The gorilla glass on my iphone scratched pitted and shattered really easily... I'm sure bugs and road debris would be hard enough to leave marks on the windshield.
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        mycommentemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        Seriously smug, You shouldn't keep calling yourself that. You are just different. I'm quite sure you are pretty on the inside.
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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gorilla Glass seemed pretty cool -- until you notice there are still iPhones with broken Gorilla Glass screens all over the place.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        its not indestructible just harder to brake then conventional.glass
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        I don't even think it's harder to break... just scratch resistant. Since phones are often in pockets with keys and coins, it's good. But the whole idea that Gorilla Glass somehow is better protected when the phone is dropped from 4 feet onto hard floor... seems to have been debunked.
      Rick C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still waiting for transparent aluminum.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick C.
        They make translucent concrete. Anything can happen....
        mikeybyte1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick C.
        Mr. Scott speaking into the mouse... "Computer? Computer?"
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see this on the Corvette C7 Z06 and ZR1 models. Get gorilla glass and lower the weight of the car to under 3000 lbs.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        You're going to need to do more than swap in gorilla glass to save 300#.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      lipstick on a pig!
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      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this the largest piece of Gorilla Glass to ever be put in a product?
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the noise really all that much to require Gorilla Glass?
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